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Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-15-2017, 10:16 PM  
Landscape California Superbloom- Carrizo Plain Spring 2017
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 6
Views: 498
First post in a loooong time!

I'm going through photos of the Superbloom at Carrizo Plain from this past spring. For most of the year, Carrizo is rather barren and dry. This past winter's heavy rains spread over a favorable period of time paired with good weather conditions produced something incredible.
The "best" California wildflowers I have ever seen. Looking forward to revisiting next year!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-02-2013, 11:37 PM  
Nature Pipevine Swallowtails
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 14
Views: 541
Also, I lit this shot with two strobes with one being to the right.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-02-2013, 11:36 PM  
Nature Pipevine Swallowtails
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 14
Views: 541
Thanks for the comments :P

I took this photo in my bedroom on a cool night. I left the window open enough to lower the room temperature. Butterflies wont and can't fly well at temperatures cooler than 70-75 degrees F. I set up a basking lamp aimed at my face from just next to the camera. When the butterflies were placed on my face, they open their wings to bask and warm up! I had to work fast because they would start to flutter after about one minute. Ta Da!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-01-2013, 07:25 PM  
Nature Pipevine Swallowtails
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 14
Views: 541
A self portrait of me with a group of male pipevine swallowtail butterflies I raised this year.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-01-2013, 07:19 PM  
Post your self portrait
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 617
Views: 81,493
Here is a more recent one of me :P

Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-23-2013, 05:54 PM  
Nature Ghost Mantis
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 12
Views: 995
thanks all!

this guy is about 2.5" long. They were excellent subjects and not a bit skiddish.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-22-2013, 01:29 AM  
Nature Ghost Mantis
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 12
Views: 995
I had a fun photo session with this curious critter. This is a green form of the Madagascar Ghost Leaf mantis.

Forum: Pentax K-5 08-16-2012, 09:40 PM  
Yet another lens-release-button-fell-off post... :-)
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 9
Views: 1,853
My button fell off and I sent it into CRIS in Chandler, Arizona. I live in CA and the turn around time was about a week and a half. I was actually one month out of my warranty period but they serviced it anyways without question.......and I had purchased my camera in Canada. All they asked for was proof of purchase.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-21-2012, 10:55 PM  
Nature Misc. City & Animals
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 6
Views: 609
thanks! I noticed we have very similar kits. how do you like the DFA macro? I have the sigma 105 and was thinking of getting something weathersealed.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-14-2012, 05:03 PM  
Nature Misc. City & Animals
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 6
Views: 609
thanks! actually it should be Cooper not Cody. He belongs to a friend of mine.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-14-2012, 02:20 PM  
Nature Misc. City & Animals
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 6
Views: 609
I haven't posted in a while but these photos might give you an idea of what I've been up to!

1. Duh!


2. Rainbow Boa


3.Tiger Salamander AKA muppet


4. Japanese Sea Nettle in our new exhibit. Animal Attractions!


5. Cody


6. Coconut Octopus


7. Fly River Turtle


8. Waxy Monkey Frog


9. Mossy Frog


10. Splendid Tree Frog


11. Strawberry Dart Frog


12. Banana Keet


13. Devils Flower Mantis AKA the terminator!


14. Red Eyed Tree Frog (mine!)


15. Turquoise Tanager


16. Blue Neck Tanager


17. Blurry shot of an Orange Spot Filefish
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-13-2012, 09:17 PM  
Post your self portrait
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 617
Views: 81,493
How this thread has gotten long! Updated "head shot"

Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-29-2011, 01:48 PM  
Nature (Sort of) Fort Worth Zoo in Texas!
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 8
Views: 617
I learned on that lens! It came with my K10d kit years ago and It produced some of my more popular prints! Definitely a great value for the money/ versatility/ macro. Great photos!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-24-2011, 02:28 AM  
Macro Red Eyed Tree Frog series pt 2..or 3
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 14
Views: 797
Thanks again all! These guys are always fun to photograph on occasion.





Heres the color version just for you!

Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-22-2011, 05:06 PM  
Macro Red Eyed Tree Frog series pt 2..or 3
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 14
Views: 797
Thanks all!

I was using the Sigma 105mm macro for this. I'm sure that lenses like the pentax dfa macro would work just as well. I was using the Pentax 540 flash through umbrella for lighting.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-21-2011, 10:02 PM  
Macro Red Eyed Tree Frog series pt 2..or 3
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 14
Views: 797
I seem to stumble around the use of strobe lighting. But I finally got a simple little umbrella to play around with.


First some color






some B&W



Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-17-2011, 07:27 PM  
Macro Agalychnis callidryas
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Thanks! I think i fixed the broken link
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-17-2011, 05:43 PM  
Nature Anise Swallowtail
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 9
Views: 602
Thanks everyone! The current batch looks like it will be about 300 individuals. Funny to think i started with 5
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-17-2011, 05:36 PM  
Macro Agalychnis callidryas
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 3
Views: 514
I realized i haven't updated my frogs lately! Nothing as dramatic as they used to be. I took some shots of them outside for some nice even light.

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Some from indoors....their cage lighting has changed several times. That might help explain the different look from the images over time.

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Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-16-2011, 06:51 PM  
Nature Anise Swallowtail
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 9
Views: 602
Two Males
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Males of this species exhibit a behavior known as hilltopping. Males congregate at hill tops where they patrol territory for females. It is thought that this allows to butterflies to concentrate themselves for higher breeding potential. This might help explain why there are so many butterflies on grassy hilltops next time you find yourself surrounded!
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Glamour Shots
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A female on the host plant called Sweet Fennel. Sweet Fennel is a naturalized invasive from Europe. It is related to carrots, parsley, and other plants within the same family. it is widely distributed and has proved advantageous for the Anise Swallowtail which would otherwise be faring fare worse in our ever developing world.
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Mating
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Resting
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To fly or not to fly
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Laying eggs....and the cycle begins again!
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Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-16-2011, 06:50 PM  
Nature Anise Swallowtail
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 9
Views: 602
Some on the top left have already emerged. the rest are still developing. The skin becomes clear about 12 hours before emergence
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Turn around for a minute and there are more!
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Emerged adults move to the top of the enclosure and hang upside down to inflate their wings to full size. They are ready to fly in about an hour
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The group! A soft hamper doubles as an excellent transfer container.
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While the weather was bad outside I kept them inside in a tent.
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Feeding
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Flying Machine
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Two Females
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Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-16-2011, 06:50 PM  
Nature Anise Swallowtail
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 9
Views: 602
I haven't posted in a while but I've been working on a project lately. It's difficult to describe the process in just a few photos so there are a bunch!

I found a group of 5 caterpillars in july on the same plant that I found caterpillars on last year. The adults emerged and laid eggs....about 100.

Come a month later and all 100 butterflies hatched and laid eggs again.

Here's a little insight on the project.



Caterpillars are in their last growth stage (5th instar) and are eating voraciously to pack on enough fat before becoming chyrsalis. They ate all of the leaves you see.....X5.

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Caterpillar Bokeh.

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An unusual black and teal morph showed up in this batch

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Normal vs. Unusual
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Chrysalis! in all colors!
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Chrysalis in hatching chamber....time for the waiting game...
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Forum: Pentax K-5 09-20-2011, 06:36 PM  
%*$#^(&! The Lens Release Button Fell Off my K-5!
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 206
Views: 43,318
yup and so my button just fell right off while I was changing a lens. My k5 is at about 10K clicks now. I always noticed that the release button was a bit loose/ wobbly but thought it was just new design. The release button on both of my K20d bodies are solid after roughly 70K and 30K clicks. Off to repair! :(
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-20-2011, 09:36 AM  
Misc Lens Porn
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 9
Views: 2,077
I used the DA35mm macro for the photographing the longer lenses and the DA*55 for the short lenses and the camera bodies.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-20-2011, 02:10 AM  
DA35 2.8 macro Ltd vs DA40 2.8 Ltd
Posted By Timtast1c
Replies: 15
Views: 7,232
i vote 35ltd first....then the DA40ltd for fun later!
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